Patricia Prendergast, River Reflection


To support the development of local and regional artists, the Pence offers several calls for artists each year, including our Emerging Artist Award, Slice: A Juried Exhibit of Regional Art, and Exhibit It!. See below for more information on these opportunities. To apply for a solo exhibit, email 10-15 images, an artist statement, and CV to Natalie Nelson at [email protected]

The Pence Gallery Emerging Artist Award supports the creation of new work by emerging artists in California, and the opportunity to share that work through an exhibit and an artist talk. Artists must use the award of $4,000 to further their work in a significant direction, and may work in any medium, except for video or sound art. ‘Emerging’ is defined as an artist who is early in their art career, who has limited experience exhibiting, but not an extensive solo exhibit history. The artist’s submitted work must be of high caliber, original, and completed within the past five years. Applications for the Emerging Artist Award 2023 are open and due through by 9 PM PST of April 3, 2023.

This award is sponsored by Rosa Marquez & Yatish Mishra.

The Pence’s Slice exhibit is open for submission by California artists working in any medium (except video or sound). This is an ‘open theme’ exhibit, which showcases art that is conceptually thoughtful, technically skilled, and representative of contemporary trends in art. 2D work must not exceed 36” wide, and 3D work must not exceed 75 lb. Accepted work should be completed within the past five years and must not have been shown previously at the Pence. Applicants may submit between 1- 6 images of work for review, along with an artist statement and resume, and pay a fee of $30 for Pence members, or $35 for non-Pence members to have their work juried by May 22nd, 9 PM. 

This year’s juror is Kelly Lindner, Art Galleries and Collections Curator for the University Gallery, California State University, where she is responsible for overseeing exhibits and programs for three galleries. Previously, she was the Director and Curator for the Jacki Headley University Gallery at California State University, Chico. Lindner’s curatorial practice centers on interdisciplinary approaches, collaboration, and site-responsive explorations in contemporary art.

Stay tuned for more information on Exhibit It! 2023.

It’s time for our annual non-juried exhibit to highlight the talent of our community’s artists! Artists ages 16 and up can drop off one artwork of their choice in any medium to the Pence on July 1-2, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM, to be displayed in our summer display Exhibit It!
The Pence will accept up to 50 works of art, limited in size to 30″ maximum in any direction. Sculpture cannot weigh over 50 lb. 2D work should be framed, or ready to install. Participating artists can win the Curator’s Choice award, or the Public Choice Award, chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Fee is $20 Pence members/$25 nonmembers.

This exhibit is sponsored by Phil & Dawn Daro.